Now that we’ve been back at it for a couple weeks, as a massage therapist I can confidently say that your home office probably needs work. I know that in my industry we had literal hours’ notice that we weren’t going to go back to work in a typical capacity any time soon, and unless your HR department is psychic or extremely proactive you probably got surprised by a sudden work from home order. I’ve been massaging clients who have all sorts of weird WFH setups: most often a kitchen table, but some work on a couch, a few clients I’ve talked to are working at a breakfast bar and sitting on a stool (they definitely needed a massage.) We all did our best with what we had available, but now that we are settling into the distancing groove, you owe it to your body to find more comfort while at work. Below is a shortlist of tweaks you can make to your workspace to make it a little more livable, plus some low impact stretches I recommend to my clients to undo WFH tension. I know it doesn’t compare to a vacation to reverse the stress of quarantine, but working in uncomfortable circumstances will only serve to compound our stay at home frustration.
Whether you are a newbie to spa life or a veteran bodywork client, you’ve probably wondered at least once what difference there is between Swedish massage and deep tissue besides the depth of pressure. The short answer is that they are not too different overall, since both modalities work to increase circulation and broaden the muscle tissue. However, in deep tissue massage therapists often introduce other methods of pain relief like trigger point release or myofascial release in order to address specific complaints. The benefits of deep tissue massage are obvious- if your hip or shoulder has been giving you trouble, therapeutic massage can often correct it. But my feelings about the necessity of massage for holistic health changed when I decided to give medium pressure Swedish massage a shot, with no specific goal other than chilling out.
CBD is the new wellness buzzword, and for good reason.
Recent developments in extraction methods have produced a cannabinoid product that offers the relaxation and de-stressing elements of cannabis, without getting high. CBD, or cannabidiol, is almost exactly the same product as THC
(the active compound in marijuana), but lacks one atom. This particular molecular structure is what makes us experience all the health benefits of cannabis without experiencing its psychoactive effects, or breaking the law. CBD has this structure because it is extracted from a hemp plant rather than a marijuana plant, and is thus legal under the US Farm Bill of 2014.
The idea behind reiki is so simple it is almost difficult to grasp – an equipment-less treatment with the power to bring energetic balance? Clients relax on a table as they would for any massage. However, rather than manipulating tendon and muscle, your therapist taps in to your energetic field. Using their own intuition your therapist searches for subtle imbalances that need balancing – raising and lowering energy centers to bring clients into a more healthy state. The experience is as subtle … [Read more…]
It had a been a week of work. It was a good week, a productive week. Nonetheless, the week had built up some pressure. I tend to receive my massage treatments, pedicures, facials, self care at SH every two weeks. However, as the end of the week came to close, I knew it was time for my total body overhaul, the Korean Scrub. This isn’t a sales pitch. This is a heart to heart testimonial. I booked my Korean Scrub with Christina on Saturday afternoon, owner of www.lovebestudios.com, who … [Read more…]